Learning to Overcome Adversity | Psychology of Learned Helplessness

Did you know that helplessness is usually a learned state of being?

It is. We’re a lot like dogs in that regard. Grant’s story illustrates that for us.

“I am completely lost.” Grant said. “The economy is in shambles. I lost my job. This president…”

I stopped him right there.

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“Grant, you feel helpless don’t you?” I asked him as compassionately as I know how.

“But I am helpless. You have no idea what it’s like to feel this way.”

“You’re right,” I stated matter-of-factly. “I don’t know what it’s like to feel exactly as you do.”

This Book Will Make You Happy

There is a children’s book that has condensed hundreds of years of psychological research into a book that can be read in one potty training trip. It’s called Let’s Be Happy by P.K. Hallinan and it sums up all that has been said by William James, Martin Seligman, and decades of positive psychologists and other gurus. […]